Seligman to build skatepark

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Seligman City Council approved a $5,000 expenditure to finance the construction of a skateboard park at its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 11.

Mayor Duane Corn presented the council with several examples of skate-board park layouts.

"The business owners would be happy if the kids weren't skating on their parking lots. The officers would be happy if the kids were not skating down the middle of the street," said Corn. "The city would be happy if the kids were not skating on the basketball courts. I really think this would be a wise invest-ment."

The city will be able to purchase a half pipe for between $2,000 and $2,500, said Corn.

"We have been looking for money to finance this park, and we have found some untapped resources," said Corn. "We have around $5,000 available on interest earning accounts. I am asking the council to approve $5,000 for a skate park."

Corn will be asking Wal-Mart to donate an additional $5,000 to finance the construction of the park.

"I think this could help stop some of the break-ins and vandalism," said Alderman James Bottorff, who is also the police chief. "The kids don't have much to do around here."

The skate park will be located behind the Seligman City Hall near the fire pits, said Corn. The proposed park will include at lease one half pipe, grinding rails and other skate park equipment.

In other business, the Seligman City Council:

• Held a 40-minute executive session to discuss police department personnel.

• Approved a police department ride-along authorization form.

• Voted to publish an advertisement to sell a 2001 Crown Victoria for $7,200.

• Heard that Internet services will soon be available on three computers at the Seligman Library. The library is open from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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